Dr Daphne Nash

Research Fellow AERC

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54228


Daphne Nash specialises in interdisciplinary cross-cultural research on topics relevant to Indigenous Australians.

Daphne holds a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) in the field of Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research that explores representations of Indigenous knowledge in south-eastern Australia. She also holds an MA and a BLitt (with merit) from the ANU both of which focus on environmental knowledge of Pintupi/Luritja people in Central Australia. Originally, Daphne graduated with a BA from the ANU followed by a Graduate Diploma of Education (secondary).

Her research interests and publications focus on people–environment relationships, ethnobotany and cultural heritage as well as social issues, including Indigenous housing and homelessness.

As a Research Fellow at the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, Daphne has been involved in research on social and environmental policy projects as well as graduate student supervision. Recent work has focussed on working with Aboriginal organisations in Queensland and the Northern Territory on strategies for enhancing governance and cultural competency.

Professional affiliations:

  • Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)
  • Member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • Member of the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE)


  • PhD (ANU) Interdisciplinary Cross-cultural Research
  • Grad. Cert. Applied Science (UC) Cultural Heritage Management
  • MA (ANU) Human Sciences, School of Archaeology & Anthropology
  • B. Litt. (ANU) Pass with merit. Human Sciences
  • Grad. Dip. Ed. (Sydney Teachers’ College)
  • BA (ANU) Human Sciences and Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Australian perceptions of health care buildings
    Currently co-investigator in the ARC Discovery Project (Health Architecture) studying Indigenous Australian people’s perceptions of the design of health care buildings. Field locations are Townsville, Mt Isa and Dajarra in Queensland.
  • Indigenous Australian housing in remote and urban regions
    Recently a CI on a multi-year AHURI research project (Aboriginal Lifeworlds, Conditionality and Housing Outcomes) with field locations in Tennant Creek, Mt Isa and Logan, Brisbane.
  • Indigenous cultural heritage, ethnobotany and environmental management
    Previously participated in regional study of Indigenous adaptive responses to climate change funded by NCCARF.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University


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Book Chapter

  • Memmott, Paul and Nash, Daphne (2016). Indigenous homelessness: Australian context. In Evelyn J. Peters and Julia Christensen (Ed.), Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, Australia and New Zealand (pp. 213-220) Winnipeg, Canada: University of Manitoba Press.

  • Memmott, Paul and Nash, Daphne (2016). Looking through the service lens: case studies in Indigenous homelessness in two regional Australian towns. In Evelyn J. Peters and Julia Christensen (Ed.), Indigenous Homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, Australia and New Zealand (pp. 245-269) Winnipeg, Canada: University of Manitoba Press.

  • Memmott, Paul, Nash, Daphne and Passi, Charles (2015). Cultural Relativism and Indigenous Family Violence. In Andrew Day and Ephrem Fernandez (Ed.), Preventing violence in Australia: policy, practice and solutions (pp. 164-185) Annandale, NSW Austraila: Federation Press.

  • Memmott, Paul and Nash, Daphne (2014). Indigenous homelessness. In Chris Chamberlain, Guy Johnson and Catherine Robinson (Ed.), Homelessness in Australia, an introduction (pp. 155-178) Sydney, NSW, Australia: NewSouth Publishing.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision